When many people are in the market for a vehicle, a large number of them will opt to buy a used car. In fact, tens of millions of Americans buy used cars every year. Used vehicles offer several benefits over new cars, from a lower cost and less depreciation, to generally a better selection in most areas and cities.
While these cars are used, there is no reason why they shouldn’t look brand new. Detailing the exteriors of these cars can help improve their look, as well as protect them from the elements and other hazards you will run into. It can even help them maintain their value better.
However, while car detailing when it comes to used cars can be done right, it can also be done very wrong. Without any further ado, this blog post is going to take a closer look at some exterior detailing tips and tricks for used cars to help it look brand new.
Use the Right Products
First up, you need to be sure to use the right products for cleaning and detailing your car. Simply using dish soap, an old sponge and a bucket won’t get your car as clean as it could be. Not only that, but the wrong products could damage the paint or other aspects of your vehicle. When detailing the outside of your car, you want to find a quality car wash or shampoo, and then work with soft cloths or microfiber towels.
In addition to cleaning it off, you also need to use something to protect it. This could be wax, ceramic coating or a number of other things. Of course, you also need to be familiar with the best way to utilize these products. For example, this recent article by Carpro.global can help you to learn all you need to know about ceramic car coating. Using products wrong can be just as bad as using the wrong products.
Clean the Top of Your Windows
Keeping the windows of your used car clean and streak-free is one of the most important parts of detailing your car. But if you truly want your windows to be clean, you need to be sure to clean the very tops of them, which are usually covered. All you have to do is roll down your windows a little, and make sure to spray and scrub the tops on both sides.
This is especially true with used cars, as the previous owner might not have known about this little trick. If they didn’t, the top part of your window (that is usually covered) is likely filthy. Between dirt, dust, grime and even leftover products, there is a lot to clean on this part of the window. Cleaning this can help keep the rest of your windows free from leaks, droplets and smears from materializing.
Detail Your Car in the Shade
While you might think that cleaning or detailing your used car anywhere is fine, that isn’t exactly the case. Most professionals and experts agree that you should keep your detailing out of the sun. Many detailing products don’t work well in the sun, as the surface of the vehicle can be too hot. This can also lead to watermarks and streaks from the water and other products drying too quickly.
You will generally have to rush your cleaning and detailing if you are working in the sun, as if you take your time, everything will dry and look terrible. So do your best to detail your car in your garage, in another covered location or when the sun is down. If you simply cannot work in the shade, try to keep the surface of your car as cool as possible. A good way to do this is to periodically spray it with some cold water.
Clean the Top of the Car First
Everyone has their own unique step-by-step process for how they detail their car. But one rule of thumb that everyone should follow is to work from top to bottom. This will save you time and prevent you from dripping water, product or even washing dirt down onto the portion of the car that you have already cleaned.
Start on the roof, then get the doors and side windows. Then, focus on the hood and trunk of the car, and then finishing with the bumper, fender and other parts lower on the car. This will ensure that parts you have already cleaned won’t be affected by the areas you still need to deal with. The only exception to this rule is that some people prefer to clean off the tires and wheels first. This is because they are normally one of the dirtiest parts of a car.
Check the Surface Before Applying Wax
One of the best ways to end off a good cleaning or detailing session is to seal off and protect the paint job. This can be with some wax or another type of protective coating. This will protect your car’s paint from dust, grime, bird droppings, rocks and potentially even the damage of the sun. However, there is something very important that you need to do beforehand.
This is to check the surface of your car. You should check it for any piece of dirt or other material that wasn’t fully removed during the cleaning process. If you put wax over these, it will seal them under and make it much harder to eventually remove them in the future.
If you are worried about getting fingerprints on your freshly cleaned car, consider using something like a thin and soft glove or a plastic bag. Using these, you will be able to feel any bumps or abnormalities and deal with them, without leaving fingerprints.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn some great exterior detailing tips for your used car. These are far from the only helpful detailing tips, but are certainly some of the best for keeping your used car looking new.